By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Oct 17, 2019 at 12:01 PM

It's time for Dining Month, presented by Deer District and its spooky Halloween-themed alter ego, Fear District. Throughout the month of October, we'll be serving up fun and fascinating content about all things food. The signature dish, however, is our 2019 Best of Dining poll, who's winners we will dish out all month long. Get hungry, Milwaukee!


When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's ... Tenuta's.

For the second year in a row, Tenuta's, a Bay View institution since 2003, took the top spot in OnMilwaukee's Best of Dining poll. Coming out on top by just over 60 votes, Tenuta's keeps previous winner Ristorante Bartolotta at bay for a second straight year.

Cesare and Antonia Tenuta moved to the United States from Italy in 1961, and they brought with them a vast knowledge of Italian cooking. In 2003, they opened Tenuta's Italian Restaurant, bringing a little slice of home to Milwaukee.

So if you're looking for homemade Italian cuisine in a cozy, neighborhood setting, you've found the right place. With soups, pizzas, pastas and anything else Italian on the menu, Tenuta's has something for everyone. All their meals are made with fresh, local ingredients, but you're guaranteed a little slice of Italy in every bite.

2. Ristorante Bartalotta
3. Egg + Flour
4. Calderone Club
5. That's Amore editors' pick: Ristorante Bartolotta

Lori Fredrich's pick: Egg + Flour